The Anaheim Ducks wanted to end a season-long eight-game road trip on a winning note. And that they did, as the Ducks grinded out a 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
New York native Kyle Palmieri scored the winning goal and rookie netminder Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for the Ducks. Corey Perry also scored for Anaheim, which went 5-2-1 on the road trip.
Andersen improved his flawless record to 4-0-0, with a 1.36 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.
It didn't take long for the Ducks to open up the scoring. Derick Brassard's attempted pass to defenseman Dan Girardi bounced straight to Luca Sbisa, whose slap shot deflected to Dustin Penner. Penner's shot was partially blocked, but the puck found Perry right on the doorstep. After his initial shot was stopped by Lundqvist, the All-Star wing put in the rebound to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead 2:29 into the game.
The teams traded chances as the period went along, with Del Zotto snapping a quick shot from t...